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Fake-news report card 2019: Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter ace litmus test. Government flunks.

Fighting misinformation is a daunting task and it is not possible to eradicate it completely. With perpetrators becoming more sophisticated, the cost of fake news is shooting up. Social-media companies have taken a number of measures to combat fake news this year. It’s high time the government did its bit and stopped making them the scapegoats.
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13 Dec 2019 4 Mins Read 1 comments
Concept by Muhabit ul haq; photo by Getty Images
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You sit and you wonder You wonder who to blame Charles Manson rendered those lines in his raspy voice back in 1970. Nearly half a century later, the notorious American criminal and cult leader’s lines — he was a songwriter-singer too — from Who to blame perfectly describe how governments across the world are holding tech giants solely responsible
for each and every breach. Instead, it should take proactive measures such as setting up a government-funded fact-checking apparatus and strengthening the fake-news busting ecosystem in the country, besides making effective changes in the regulatory policy. And the government needs to act pronto. For, as Manson once put it, “We're not in Wonderland anymore, Alice.”( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
You sit and you wonder You wonder who to blame Charles Manson rendered those lines in his raspy voice back in 1970. Nearly half a century later, the notorious American criminal and cult leader’s lines — he was a songwriter-singer too — from Who to blame perfectly describe how governments across the world are holding tech giants solely responsible for each and every breach. Instead, it should take proactive measures such as setting up a government-funded fact-checking apparatus and strengthening the fake-news busting ecosystem in the country, besides making effective changes in the regulatory policy. And the government needs to act pronto. For, as Manson once put it, “We're not in Wonderland anymore, Alice.”( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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